Hong Kong – Exemption of proof of local recruitment & applicant’s work experience for some employment visa cases
HK Immigration Department has announced a list of facilitation measures under the General Employment Policy (GEP) and the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP).
Proof of local recruitment is exempted if:
- it’s an intra-company transfer for managerial / professional post;
- the applicant was graduated from one of the top 100 global universities [further, proof of work experience is not required] ; or
- the applicant is employed by well-established company with annual remuneration of at least HK$2 million [further, proof of academic qualification & work experience are not required]
These measures streamline the application requirements and reduce preparation time substantially. Besides, exempting the local recruitment reduces the embarrassing moment when the company is arranging an intra-company transfer, where it indeed would not consider outside candidates at all. These show that HK government is committed to attracting quality talents to work and stay in HK.
The Government announced that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and with a positive result of serology testing for antibodies will be allowed a shortened compulsory quarantine period of seven days upon arrival.
To learn about Hong Kong latest quarantine arrangements for inbound travelers from specified places, please see below link:-
Normally, an extension of visa can only be handled by Hong Kong Immigration Department, while the applicants are physically in Hong Kong. Many visa holders may not be able to return to Hong Kong timely due to covid-19.
Hong Kong Immigration Department just announced that for those whose visa is about to expire (within four weeks) or has expired for less than 12 months, they can still submit the extension application, even though they are still in overseas. Processing time is around 2-3 weeks. Once approved, applicants can enter Hong Kong within 6 months to complete the extension procedures. This applies to all kinds of visa extension (except for domestic helpers and imported workers), e.g. employment visa, dependant visa, investment visa, CIES, etc.
This new policy is a very good news to visa holders, so as to:
- Get the visa extended without being in Hong Kong for now
- Enter Hong Kong with the approved visa (currently non-Hong Kong residents, including those with expired Hong Kong visas, cannot enter Hong Kong from overseas)
- Get the expired extended
For full procedural details, please contact our immigration consultants at (+852) 37497899
News from Hong Kong Immigration Department:
Since joining the EU, Bulgaria has always been hoping to join the EURO area. The Bulgaria currency is Leva, which has been pegged to EURO since 1999 (1 EUR = 1.95583 Bulgaria Leva). European Central Bank just recently confirmed that Bulgaria has met the economic criteria and Bulgaria will start using EURO in 2024.
Purchasing Bulgaria state bonds (in EURO) is required by its citizenship program. This news can surely let the migration applicants more rest assured with their investements.
Malaysia MM2H is closed for new application until December 2020. Some changes are expected. We will inform you once there is any update.
As announced on 23 December 2019, the Ireland Immigrant Investor Programme (IIP) will open for applications in 2020 as follows:
– 17 February 2020 to 21 February 2020
– 20 April 2020 to 24 April 2020
– 22 June 2020 to 26 June 2020
– 31 August 2020 to 4 September 2020
– 26 October 2020 to 30 October 2020
The publication of this provisional schedule is without prejudice to the finalisation of the External Review of the Immigrant Investor Programme which is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2020. The Minister reserves the right to alter/amend the provisional schedule, and introduce revised Guidelines.
Submission Window 5 2019 which was scheduled to open for applications between 21 October 2019 and 25 October 2019 has been rescheduled and will now open for applications between 4 November 2019 and 8 November 2019.